News of the week
24 July 2017
Scientists are "very worried" that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could accelerate and raise sea levels more than expected.
Currently the Greenland ice sheet is adding up to 1mm a year to the rise in the global average level of the oceans.
Research and Applications
A study published in Nature Scientific Reports by scientists from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the UK's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the University of Melbourne provides a first roadmap for country-specific accounting of soil resources.
Policy & Legislation
A new era in satellite meteorology offers unprecedented opportunities to improve Earth observations and understanding, but also poses big challenges for users worldwide. A top-level World Meteorological Organization delegation outlined WMO's strategic perspectives at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Conference 2017.
Did you know?
It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on 03 Aug, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers showed that there were very low levels of light reaching the ground, sufficiently low that researchers decided to simulate this interesting event with computer models. Now in 2017, inspired by the event in Boulder, NASA scientists will explore the moon's eclipse of the sun to learn more about Earth's energy system.
EO Missions Database
Visit the eoPortal database to find out about spaceborne EO missions and sensors to discover more about past, operational and future missions. This is complemented with detailed articles of airborne sensors.
This database is based on the book of Herbert J. Kramer Observation of the Earth and its Environments and describes over 600 missions in detail. Online updated version of "Earth Observation History of Technical Introduction" available as of January 02, 2017.